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President will assent SP Bill as soon as he receive it ---Banda

Chairman of the Constitutional Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, Ben Abdalah Banda has said President Nana Akufo-Addo will give assent to the Office of the Special Prosecutor Bill 201, to become law as soon as he received the passed Bill by Parliament.
He noted that President is interested in the whole establishment and believe he will not take too much to ensure the right person is appointed to occupy the position of the Special Prosecutor. 

According to the chairman of the committee, despite the Bill has been passed, the committee will embark on its intended trip to learn from the best practices in Canada, South Africa and Singapore.

And maintained that whatever is learnt from the trip can still be impacted on the regulations that will guide the Office of the  Special Prosecutor and the committee would have an oversight responsibility over whoever will be appointed as the SP. 

He dismissed suggestions that the passed Bill was rushed and intended to jail former appointees who were corrupt under the rule of former President John Mahama. 

Ghana loses close to $3 billion dollars to corruption, so if such an institution is being established to reduce corruption and ensure Ghanaians can enjoy social amenities we should be happy about that, he said.
He pointed out that the Special Prosecutor Bill will stand the test of time and retreated that when the committee had the stakeholders meeting they took on board the recommendations given by civil society.   

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/

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